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For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto

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In For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, Rothbard proposes a once-and-for-all escape from the two major political parties, the ideologies they embrace, and their central plans for using state power against people. Libertarianism is Rothbard's radical alternative that says state power is unworkable and immoral, and ought to be curbed and finally overthrown. To make his case, Rothbard deploys his entire system of thought: natural law, natural rights, Austrian economics, American history, the theory of the state, and more. Society without the nation-state? Rothbard shows that this is the way for peace, prosperity, security, and freedom for all. In the entire history of libertarian ideas, no book has more successfully combined ideological rigor, theoretical exposition, political rhetoric, historical illustration, and strategic acumen.

Rothbard poured a lifetime of research and all his intellectual energy into this project, and he succeeded in writing a classic. He shows that the state creates social and economic problems and then further intervenes to make these problems worse than ever - while increasing its power at the expense of everyone else. He is particularly good at highlighting who really benefits from government regulation: usually it is the largest corporations who are attempting to rig the game in their favor. The book is still regarded as "dangerous" percisely because, once the exposure to Rothbardianism takes place, no other book on politics, economics, history, or sociology can be read the same way again.

©2006 Ludwig von Mises Institute (P)2006 Ludwig von Mises Institute

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    monte reed 03-20-12
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    "I'm a Ron Paul Libertarian but this is a good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm a Ron Paul Libertarian but this is a good listen for anyone wanting to know more about libertarian beliefs. It was first written in 1978 so some material is old but it all still apply today.


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    Jeremy 04-19-13
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    "Best summation of Libertarian thought I have read."
    Would you listen to For a New Liberty again? Why?

    While I don't agree with 100% of the material, I do agree with almost all of it. What I like most is the fluid way in which the author links all of the seemingly disparate subjects and underlies the libertarian argument with principal rather than prescription. Highly recommend if you are interested in something other than Right vs Left, Conservative vs Liberal, or Republican vs Democrat. Both political parties are just 2 breed of fox trying to raid the hen house...the end result is the same. They only differ (slightly) in their methods.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of For a New Liberty?

    The discussion of how property rights actually underscore most human and civil rights. A thorough grasp of this concept would fundamentally change almost any society.


    Any additional comments?

    I do disagree with the author on the point of abortion. The author seems to have a made a logical jump in his presupposition, which seems preposterous if you spell it out, but the author does not address it. Actually, coverage of the subject is quite brief, which may be best as I didn't agree. Nonetheless, the author appears genuine in his reasoning and motivations.

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    Kindle Customer 06-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    This was a good libertarian book. I also like Liberty Defined by Ron Paul as it is more up to date same ideas though.

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    John 10-26-13
    John 10-26-13 Member Since 2014

    I am a Christian young man who loves to listen to audiobooks at work.

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    What did you love best about For a New Liberty?

    It opened up my eyes to some key issues in America today. I had never considered taxation in the way Murray Rothbard describes it. He explains how certain government policies violate our freedoms and why. He is very convincing at times. Sometimes he is not, like when he discusses the court system and how it could be done away with (I disagree with him on this point), but this book really causes you to think about some of the things you believe.

    I started reading this book as a Tea Party conservative, and now am more libertarian because of it.


    If you could give For a New Liberty a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Explanations for anarchy


    Any additional comments?

    I disagreed with his viewpoint on Abortion, I agree with his proteges, Ron Paul and Judge Napolitano, that life begins at conception and that an unborn child has rights that are protected by the 14th amendment.

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    jozsef 10-20-16
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    "I dream of a new liberty"

    Rothbard proposes his ideas so clear and simply one cannot argue with his logic. If you are new to libertarian ideology it's a must read/listen. It will change your life and one day change the world.

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    Lisa 09-09-16
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    "libertarian history"

    Loved it. A good history lesson of the libertarian movement. The book goes into great detail by covering all aspects of what it means to be an individual.

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    Bradley 07-29-16
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    "Sensationally phenomenal."

    There is no question that this book is in all respects both sensationally phenomenal and phenomenally sensational. McMacular pants, but a book.

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    Cody 06-15-16
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    "A clear picture of philosophical libertarianism."

    This book offers up a crystal clear picture of philosophical libertarianism taken to its logical extreme. Rothbard does not shy away from offering up a treatise on the full implications of the philosophy of liberty and the voluntary society it advocates.

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    Paul C. Quillman 04-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent primer on modern libertarianism."

    Excellent primer on modern libertarianism. I highly recommend this I'd you want to get your head around what libertarianism actually is.

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    Shepard O. Humphries 12-30-15

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    "Likely the best book ever written."

    This book even beats Atlas Shrugged & The Most Dangerous Superstition! Really a "must read!"

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